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Foreign Service Institute More  - Image This FSI Mossi Course is designed as an introduction to the spoken Mossi language. Mossi is the language spoken by the Mossi people of Upper Volta, about 2,000,000 in number. This book is intended to give the student a start in Mossi; providing him with dialogues that relate to some of the first situations in which he is likely to use the language, as well as with systematic practice in all major points of grammar. Mossi Basic Course in one of a series of short Basic Courses an selected African languages prepared by the Foreign Service Institute with the support of the Office of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, wider provisions of the National Defense Education Act.

The course is laid out in three cycles:
-Cycle One is devoted mainly to socially useful set expressions and to general notes on social usage and the major points of grammar.
-Cycle Two concentrates on developing fuller control of the language structure within the context of high frequency situations.
-Cycle Three presents additional material for comprehension and conversation practice aimed at the consolidation of skills developed in Cycle Two.

A Synopsis of Mossi Structure

The following synopsis of Mossi structure is, in no way, an exhaustive presentation of Mossi sounds and grammar. It is, rather, a summary of the most important points. Its purpose is to provide orientation for the student, who, by knowing on which areas of the language he must lavish attention, can learn more quickly and easily. So that each point will be readily understood, the vocabulary of the examples has been kept small. The exercises are not intended to make this synopsis into an auto-instructional program, but only to give the reader an opportunity to participate if he desires to do so, and to keep constant check on his understanding.

General Characteristics of the Language

Mossi can be considered to have four major characteristics.

1. It has lexically significant tones.
2. It has meaningful patterns of intonation.
3. It has a stem and suffix system.
4. 'Parts of speech' can be distinguished from each other only in context. In other words, although there are only a few varieties of word order, these nevertheless contribute a great deal to the meaning of the words used.

Basic Word Structure

Structurally, there are two kinds of words in Mossi : major words and particles. Major words are nouns, verbs and long form pronouns. Particles are connectives and short form pronouns. All major words are two syllables long in their dictionary form. Particles are only syllable, or less, in length.

The More language is one of two official regional languages of Burkina Faso, closely related and mutually intelligible with the Dagbani language spoken in northern Ghana. It is the language of the Mossi people, spoken by approximately 5 million people in Burkina, plus another 60,000+ in Mali and Togo.

More is spoken in: Ghana

More is also called: Mòoré, Mole, Moose, More, Moshi, Mossi

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